About Us

The Runnymede Trust is the UK's leading independent, non-partisan race equality think tank. We generate intelligence to challenge race inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement.

Since our inception in 1968, Runnymede has worked to build a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging.

In order to effectively overcome racial inequality in our society, we believe that our democratic dialogue, policy, and practice, should all be based on reliable evidence from rigorous research and thorough analysis.

Runnymede took its name from the field of Runnymede, in which the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215 over 800 years ago. The Magna Carta held the king accountable to the rule of law, just like his subjects.

Extending well beyond its original purpose, the Magna Carta has since become the cornerstone for many ensuing historic legal documents, such as the Human Rights Act. Under the Magna Carta, human rights and equality were granted official legal protection in Britain for the first time.

A right to equality in law and under public policy has, since that day, become an intrinsic part of what it means to be British. This premise - that we are all equal and deserve equal opportunities - is the one on which our organisation was founded and continues to operate today.

The Runnymede Trust continues to work tirelessly to represent the lives of those millions of Britons who constitute this country’s Black and ethnic minority communities. Our authoritative research-based interventions assists practitioners, citizens and policy-makers, across the political spectrum, to achieve genuine racial equity in Britain. 

Runnymede is an independent organisation funded by donors. We would like to extend our deep gratitude to our trustees and supporters, without whose support we could not continue our work.

Runnymede is a registered charity.
No. 1063609

Runnymede is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England.
No. 3409935

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